Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Passing Through by Jay Northcote: All you need to know

Book Info:

Title: Passing Through
Author: Jay Northcote
Genre: contemporary m/m romance
Length: 43,000 words approx
Release date: Friday 20th Feb 2015
Publisher: Jay Northcote
Buy links:       http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TIGJ88W


Don’t waste a chance at happiness…

Leo is a lonely workaholic with no time for romance in his life. His job in London takes all his energy and commitment. When he goes to Cornwall to stay with his terminally ill uncle, Edwin, love is the last thing Leo expects to find.

Tris lives in a cottage on Edwin’s land. Gay, but still half in the closet, he and Leo bond over their affection for Edwin, and the pull of attraction between them proves too strong to ignore. In Tris’s arms, in the wilds of Cornwall, Leo finds a peace he’d forgotten existed.

On his return to London, Leo finds himself grieving for more than just the loss of his uncle. When some unexpected news gives Leo the chance to return to Cornwall, he’s afraid it will be too late to rekindle things with Tris. But having learned much from his stay with his uncle, Leo doesn’t want to look back and wish he’d done things differently.

It’s time to seize the day—if it’s not already too late.


On the beach they crunched along the shingle to the edge of the rocks, then turned to look out over the sea. It was almost completely dark now, and the moon was rising, casting streaks of bright silver on the oil-black water.

They stood in silence, watching and listening to the crash of the waves. Leo’s heart felt suddenly too large for his chest. He was overwhelmed by the beauty of the place, a place that had barely changed since his childhood. The sea came and went with the tides, the sands shifted, but the rocks were constant. Yet here Leo was, an adult now rather than a boy, and his uncle reduced to an echo of the man Leo remembered—physically, at least. Unexpected tears prickled the backs of Leo’s eyes as a rush of emotion so strong that it made him draw in a sharp breath assaulted him. He swallowed hard, forcing the feelings back down.

Out of his peripheral vision,he saw Tris turn towards him, but Leo carried on gazing out at the gentle, rolling movement of the sea. Tris shifted his feet in the sand, bringing him closer. The warm skin of his arm brushed Leo’s, and Leo ached for more contact. He needed human warmth and touch to chase away the cold emptiness in his heart.

Author Bio:

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

My thoughts:

As some of you may have noticed, I’m a fan of Jay Northcote’s writing. While I haven’t read all her books yet, I haven’t come across one that disappointed me so far. Among all those stories I loved, Passing Through is my favourite. It is also the most emotional and probably personal of Jay’s books so far.

The blurb tells you everything you need to know before you start this book so I’ll limit myself to telling you what I loved about it.

I was impressed with the way Jay Northcote dealt with terminal illness and loss. The emotions Leo experiences were vivid and recognisable without being overly sentimental. This story didn’t try to be a tear jerker, although it did manage to leave me with watery eyes on one or two occasions.

The developing relationship between Tris and Leo was sweet. Both of them have issues but they do not take centre stage. First and foremost the two men enjoyed their time together, their growing feelings taking both of them by surprise. Their emotions felt real and touched me. I think their separation when it came hurt me as much as it did them and I was grateful the author didn’t turn it into a protracted drama.

This is a story with one or two messages for the readers; messages which reverberated with me. I firmly believe that we all should follow our hearts at least as much as our heads when we make important decisions, no matter how scary that may be. I also fully support Edwin in his choices, although I won’t say anything else about that.

Leo, Tris and Edwin wormed their way into my heart the moment they appeared on the page and will more than likely spend quite some time there. I believed in these men, their lives and their decisions. I enjoyed every single minute I spent with them, even the painful moments.

The intimacy between Leo and Tris was as touching as it was sexy. I loved the small touches as much as I did their sexy times. To make a longish review short; Passing Through is a touching, beautiful, well written and sexy story that will make you think about your life and how you live it without ever lecturing you. Passing Through was a wonderful reading experience for me.


  1. Thank you Helena. Have read other books by Jay ... so will add this one to her shelf.

    1. You won't regret it Ann. It's a wonderful book